Crises of any form overwhelm affected organisations. The list of affected companies, however, is always dynamic, often increasing apace as the effects of a major safety and security event or emergency cascade out from the initial point of impact.
By now, safety and security managers have each built strong portfolios in the enterprise. Indeed, reporting hierarchies often reflect the importance the C-suite places on topline safety and security priorities, objectives like keeping employees safe at work or mitigating threats to facilities and people. In turn, businesses of all shapes and sizes, in all vertical markets, have implemented standalone safety and security management systems to pursue those objectives.
Safety Managers have long cited the underreporting of safety incidents in the workplace - accidents, injuries, and illness - as a major hurdle to improving safety performance and cementing a positive safety culture. But it appears even frontline managers have underestimated the sheer number of safety culture. But it appears even frontline managers have underestimated the sheer number of safety incidents that go underreported. Not only is safety incidents that go underreported. Not only is safety reporting more pervasive than previously considered. It's also happening across business lines and at every level of the organization.
How bad is the issue? A recent Underreporting of Safety Incidents in the Workplace survey put the global total at 25 percent. That's a full quarter of workplace incidents, including near misses, as well as injuries and property damage events, go underreported.